Clarification on Fire Hose Valve Testing

Q: It has been stated that Class 1 and Class 3 fire hose valves are to be tested annually by opening and closing the valve and that full flow is not required. The standpipe in this hospital is a dry manual type. It is not connected to any water source except by the standpipe connections. Does this require me to hook up to the system at the standpipe connections and fill the system? This would require me to hook up to the hydrant or have the local fire department to come out and hook to the system.

A: According to NFPA 25-2011, section 13.5.6.2, fire hose valves located in dry standpipes are not excluded from this testing requirement. However, there is no need to hook the dry standpipe up to a water source. The test is to open and close the fire hose valves… it is not to flow water. You still need to open and close the fire hose valves on a dry standpipe system.

Brad Keyes
Brad Keyes, CHSP

Brad is a former advisor to Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and former Joint Commission LS surveyor. He guides clients through  organizational assessment; management training; ongoing coaching of task groups; and extensive one-on-one coaching of facility leaders. He analyzes and develops leadership effectiveness and efficiency in work processes, focusing on assessing an organization’s preparedness for a survey, evaluating processes in achieving preparedness, and guiding organizations toward compliance. 

As a presenter at national seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences, Brad teaches the Keyes Life Safety Boot Camp series to various groups and organizations. He is the author or co-author of many HCPro books, including the best-selling  Analyzing the Hospital Life Safety Survey, now in its 3rd edition. Brad has also authored a variety of articles in numerous publications addressing features of life safety and fire protection, as well as white papers and articles on the Building Maintenance Program. Currently serving as the contributing editor of the monthly HCPro newsletter Healthcare Life Safety Compliance  gives Brad further insight into the industry’s trends and best practices.